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Desperado (1995)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... El Mariachi
Salma Hayek ... Carolina
Joaquim de Almeida ... Bucho
Cheech Marin ... Short Bartender
Steve Buscemi ... Buscemi
Carlos Gómez ... Right Hand (as Carlos Gomez)
Quentin Tarantino ... Pick-up Guy
Tito Larriva ... Tavo
Angel Aviles Angel Aviles ... Zamira
Danny Trejo ... Navajas
Abraham Verduzco Abraham Verduzco ... Niño
Carlos Gallardo ... Campa
Albert Michel Jr. Albert Michel Jr. ... Quino
David Alvarado David Alvarado ... Buddy
Angela Lanza ... Tourist Girl
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Storyline

Director Robert Rodriguez picks up where his successful independent debut El Mariachi left off with this slam-bang South of the Border action saga. Bucho (Joaquim DeAlmeida) is a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin who rules a seedy Mexican border town. Bucho and his men make the mistake of angering El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a former musician who now carries an arsenal in his guitar case. Bucho was responsible for the death of El Mariachi's girlfriend and put a bullet through his fretting hand, making him unable to play the guitar. Bent on revenge, the musician-turned-killing machine arrives in town to put Bucho out of business, though he finds few allies except for Carolina (Salma Hayek), who runs a bookstore that doesn't seem to attract many readers. Desperado features supporting performances from Cheech Marin as a cynical bartender, Steve Buscemi as the cantina patron who sets up the story, and Quentin Tarantino as a man with a really terrible joke to tell.

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When the smoke clears, it just means he's reloading. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Mariachi 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Coahuíla, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,910,446, 27 August 1995

Gross USA:

$25,405,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,405,445
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR)| SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Raul Julia was cast as Bucho, but pulled out due to declining health. He died about two months after the release of this film. See more »

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When El Mariachi is singing his song in the bar, his voice isn't synchronized with his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Bucho: [to El Mariachi, as they stare each other down] You come to kill me? Let me tell you something. You have already killed me!
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Alternate Versions

German retail VHS version was cut by ca. 6 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. This version was also used for TV broadcasts. See more »

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Let Love Reign
Written and Produced by Los Lobos
Performed by Los Lobos
Los Lobos appears courtesy of Slash Records
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The best all-round film of the three...
20 May 2004 | by Rob_TaylorSee all my reviews

After watching El Mariachi, it was easy to see the improvement in production values between the two. Not surprising, considering the difference in the price tag of the two films. But, as I pointed out in my El Mariachi review, money isn't everything.

Although better visually, Desperado benefits from better actors who bring more life to the characters. The overall effect, given another reasonable plot, is to make a much more polished looking film that deservedly did as well as it did at the box office.

The aforementioned plot is, essentially, the same as the first film when you boil it down - the Mariachi ends up killing a lot of no-good drug-dealers and warlords etc. - and there's the obligatory love interest. But although very similar, this movie was more enjoyable due to it's overall finish and style.

I originally watched this movie some years ago, long before I got to see the original El Mariachi, so I suppose I am a little biased in preferring this one to the the first in that Banderas IS the Mariachi as far as I was concerned. But not to knock the first movie, which tells us the early history of the Mariachi, and is a worthy film in its own right.

Desperado is good, if sometimes a little gory, fun. Nothing to analyse too much, just enjoy. If you have the opportunity, watch the original, then this one and things will make a lot more sense. Desperado has enough back history woven into it to make it a standalone film, but the overall experience is better watching the two back to back.


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